Willie Taggart added an important piece to his 2019 recruiting class on Sunday securing a commitment from kicker Ryan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, who is among the top 15 kicking prospects in the country, sat down with 1010XL to discuss his Florida State commitment.
“First of all, I love the coaching staff and I’ve grown up watching Florida State play football,” Fitzgerald told 1010XL. “The kicker tradition there with three kickers currently in the NFL in Sebastian Janikowski, Graham Gano and Dustin Hopkins is unreal. Plus, it’s only an hour away from home, so it’s really nice.”
Fitzgerald has enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Taggart through this process.
“He’s awesome and he’s definitely a player’s coach,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s very approachable and he’s somebody that I know is going to push me to be my best, but at the same time he’s going to support me.”
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Fitzgerald says when he got the Florida State offer, committing was a no-brainer.
“I had other scholarship offers, but when they offered I kind of looked at my parents and we had the same look on our faces,” Fitzgerald said. “I told them I was going to be a Nole because you can’t turn down that type of opportunity.
“It’s surreal and it hasn’t sunk in at all. I’m excited to get to work and I’m definitely motivated anytime I get in the weight room. I’m just excited to get down there and get to work.”
Fitzgerald says he will bring field goal range to Tallahassee.
“I had seven field goals over 50 yards this past year,” Fitzgerald said. “My long was 57 and I also had two 55 yard kicks.”
Finally, Fitzgerald wanted to thank his parents for getting him to where he is today.
“My parents have supported me this whole time,” Fitzgerald said. “They have spent a lot of time and efforts into helping me achieve this dream of mine. To be able to live it out, I can’t describe how it feels. I’m just excited to get to work and let it begin.”
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